NCCOSC Seeking Nominations for 2014 Peabody Caregiver Award

Story Number: NNS140904-14Release Date: 9/4/2014 10:46:00 PM
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By Regena Kowitz, NCCOSC Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Peabody Caregiver of the Year Award through Sept. 18.

Presented annually since 2010, the Peabody Caregiver of the Year Award recognizes an active duty or civilian caregiver who has demonstrated compassionate concern for patients and exhibited outstanding mental health care skills, values, and attitudes within Navy Medicine's mental health community.

"Caregivers throughout Navy Medicine work tirelessly delivering quality care to our Sailors and Marines with compassion and dedication," said Capt. Scott Johnston, NCCOSC director.

The award is named for Dr. Francis W. Peabody, a noted Harvard Medical School professor, who taught that "the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient."

"Mental health professionals have met the challenge of ever increasing mental health care needs over the past decade, whether forward deployed or in clinics across the globe, and they have no expectation of recognition or reward," said Johnston. "That's why it is so important to take the time to honor them for their hard work and commitment in caring for our service members and let them know that their efforts are noticed and appreciated."

Nominees may be a civilian or active duty service member of any rank who has provided mental health care to Navy Medicine beneficiaries.

Nominations should describe the candidate's significant actions and noteworthy contributions to patient care and Navy Medicine. All nominations are due no later than Sept. 18.

The award will be presented Sept. 25, during the Combat & Operational Stress Control (COSC) Symposium, which takes place at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and virtually, via Defense Connect Online (DCO).

The symposium will identify best practices for advancing the quality and delivery of mental health care through the latest research and technology for combat and operational stress control injuries.

For more information about the 2014 Peabody Caregiver Award and the symposium, visit
or email Ms. Tricia Betts at

NCCOSC supports the psychological health and resilience of Sailors and Marines throughout the fleet with psychological health research, program development and anti-stigma initiatives with the ultimate goal of improving mission readiness.

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